J. Christian Word

Christian Word is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins' Washington, D.C. office, and a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice.

Mr. Word is experienced in complex commercial litigation, with his principal focus on securities litigation, including shareholder class actions, derivative litigation and SEC enforcement proceedings. He has represented major issuers, directors, officers and other individuals in federal and state court, and in investigations by the SEC, the Department of Justice and state governmental authorities concerning potential violations of the securities laws. Mr. Word also has significant experience conducting internal investigations of companies regarding their financial reporting, disclosures and internal control procedures. 

Mr. Word's clients in these areas include the following companies and individuals employed by them: Fannie Mae, The Mills Corporation, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., HCA, Inc., Choice Hotels International, UBS AG, Shuffle Master, Inc., InPhonic, Inc., Carlyle, America Online, Inc., Bally Total Fitness, Inc., Bear Stearns, VERITAS Software Corporation, Adolor Corporation, Footstar, Inc., Beverly Enterprises, Inc., Northwestern Corporation, Value America, Inc., Cell Pathways, Inc., Prime Retail, Inc., US Interactive and Ernst & Young. 

Mr. Word has published several articles on a wide range of securities law issues, and is a frequent speaker on such topics. He is a member of the bars of the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Eighth, Ninth and D.C. Circuits and numerous US District Courts.